Microsoft (MSFT) Could Drop 10% if Mulally Not Selected as CEO; BofA/Merrill Lynch Cuts to Underperform

November 18, 2013 6:45 AM EST
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(Updated - November 18, 2013 8:22 AM EST)

BofA/Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) from Neutral to Underperform with a price target of $36 (unchanged). Analyst Kash Rangan ties recent outperformance to optimism about Microsoft's new CEO candidates, and potential for divestitures and restructuring. With this in mind, he sees 10% upside in the stock if Ford's (NYSE: F) Alan Mulally is chosen and 10% downside if Kevin Turner, Stephan Elop, Satya Nadella, or Tony Bates become CEO, as divestitures become "distant realities."

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Shares of Microsoft closed at $37.84 yesterday.

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